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If you are a true gourmand pressed for time in Manhattan, don’t worry. Feasting on three Michelin Stars is a possibility. The famed Eleven Madison Park offers a seasonal tasting menu of five courses instead of the usual eight to ten courses. A reservation is a must, so make one well in advance. On a recent layover in Manhattan, en route to Curaçao Carnival, I was lucky enough to snag one: and it went a little something like this.
Step one, I ordered the wine pairing, then I sat back and relaxed. The attentive staff spoiled me with incredible service. I didn’t have to burden myself with pesky decisions. Chef Daniel Humm decided what I ate. The art form served was the accomplished marriage of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami all washed down with the perfect pairing of bottled poetry resulting in a gastronomic concoction equal to heaven. To be a little more specific I will list the cuisine course by course.
Course one: Caviar Benedict with smoked sturgeon, diced ham and pickled egg yolk
Wine paring: La Taille Aux Loups, Triple Zero, Montlouis-Sur-Loire, France
Course two: Scallop marinated with leek and potato
Wine paring: Domaine De La Pepiere, Les Gras Moutons, Muscadet Sevre, Et Maine, Loire Valley
Course three: Delicata squash roasted with bone marrow and pumpkin seeds
Wine pairing: Bovio Langhe, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy 2014
Course four: Honey and lavender glazed duck with plum and onion
Wine pairing: Domaine Hauts Chassis, Saint Joseph, Rhone Valley, France 2013
Course five: Poached apple with caramel and buckwheat
Wine pairing: Weinlaubenhof Kracher, Auslese, Neusiedlersee, Burgenland, Austria 2013
Course six: “Name That Milk” pretzel with sea salt
I could give a description of each course with the wine but it would do no justice to the chef. It’s an assemblage you should treat your senses to.